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  • 10 March 2014, 16:42

Blakelock Murder Trial: PC 'Screamed For Help'

A man who took part in a frenzied assault on PC Keith Blakelock has told a court he saw the officer curl into a ball and scream for help.

The witness was giving evidence at the trial of Nicky Jacobs, 45, who is accused of murdering the officer at the height of the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.

Using a pseudonym and with his voice digitally disguised, the man said how he saw Jacobs stab PC Blakelock several times with a machete in what was described as a "free for all".

"What I saw, he was trying to curl up into a ball, I suppose to protect himself somehow," the witness said.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam asked: "Did he say anything?"

"I just heard screams of 'help, help, help'," the man replied.

The witness told the court he saw Jacobs use a machete with a 12-inch blade during the attack.

"He was attacking the officer and hit him with a couple of blows on his body, stabbing up and down with the machete," he said.

The man told the jury he had kicked PC Blakelock himself after he fell to the ground.

When he was asked why, he said: "Looking back on it I don't know.

"It was the excitement of the situation; I just rushed forward and kicked him about ten times."

The witness revealed police had paid him a £5,000 reward in return for giving a statement during a new police investigation into the killing in 1993.

During Jacobs' trial the prosecution argued there is no dispute he was involved in the disturbances, but it was for the jury to decide if he was responsible for the death of PC Blakelock.

The officer was among a group of officers sent out without cover on the night of Sunday October 6, 1985, to protect firemen putting out fires.

They came across a "very large group" of rioters, many armed with an assortment of weapons, the court heard.

Heavily outnumbered and fearful they may become trapped, the police and firefighters retreated.

As they ran for safety, PC Blakelock went to the ground and was set upon by the mob.

Jacobs, who was 16 at the time of disorder, has denied murder. The trial is expected to last six weeks.

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